Lean Operations: A practical guide to delivering like a start-up in a complex environment.

A session at Agile and Beyond 2014

Saturday 22nd February, 2014

10:00am to 10:45am (LMT)

Innovation and lean strategies are getting a lot of attention. And for good reason. They really work. Numerous small players are leap-frogging large players with lean tactics, such as minimal requirements, small cross-functional teams, iterative development, learn-as-you-go thinking, and more. "The Lean Start-up" is a proven phenomenon.

But what if you are NOT a start-up? What if you are a large operation facing obstacles of complexity, compliance, current culture, and more? Using these strategies in the wrong context will make it seem like you're moving backwards--even leaving you longing for the way you were. The reality is: you need to navigate differently.

But how? This session will focus on how you can incorporate best practices from the Lean Start-up world, and tailor them to fit your reality. We'll cover proven lean principles learned over years of complex business application development that you can apply to your next initiative. We’ll address critical adaptations to the Lean Start-up model to allow for complexity and other common obstacles. You will learn actionable steps you can take on your initiatives--software related or not. If you follow our guide, you will be acting more like a Start-up in no time.

Learning Goals:

Participants will be able to:
Identify what an effective Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is for a complex effort and how it differs from the more typical Start-up effort.
Learn to plan initiatives differently, focusing on priorities that maximize learning and business value.
Apply methods to make quick improvements and optimize efforts--while still operating within the realities of complexity, compliance, and current culture.
Identify areas today where they can start to act more like a Start-up.

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Rob Keefer

Research produces knowledge. Design produces artifacts. I do both @pomiet

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Time 10:00am10:45am LMT

Date Sat 22nd February 2014


Room 3, Adoba Hotel Dearborn

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